If you are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) live in the Dorset area, you can get an online sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening pack delivered to your home. Click on the relevant box below, and answer a few questions to see if you are eligible to receive a postal screening pack.
Alternatively if you prefer to come into clinic for a screen, please call 0300 303 1948
Our STI screening kits are for people without any symptoms, those with symptoms should come into clinic.
The kits do not test for NSU (non-specific urethritis) or Trichomonas - these cause symptoms and an examination is needed to test for these.
The kit does not test for PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), epididymitis (infection in the testicles) or genital warts; these cause symptoms and an examination is required to diagnose these.
The kit does not test for herpes - this is diagnosed by taking a swab from a genital ulcer. If you have any sores or ulcers, you need to attend a clinic
The kit does not test for hepatitis B and C. These may be done in the clinic following a risk assessment.
The “window period” is the time between being infected with an STI and the test becoming positive. If you test before this, it may be too soon to show up and the results will not be meaningful:
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea: 2 weeks after exposure
HIV: 4 weeks after exposure
Syphilis, hepatitis B and C: 12 weeks after exposure (but often positive earlier)
Please note: Although we send this package out in a discreet envelope to the address given, we cannot guarantee it not being opened by a third party and cannot be held responsible for any issues that may arise from this.
Your test kit will include:
- instructions on how to use your STI screening pack,
- Your test kit: contents will depend on the answers you give, we will send out the most appropriate test kit for you,
- a sealable bag for your specimens
- a Freepost envelope to use to return your completed test.
We will contact you with your results by letter, phone, text or email. We aim to contact you with your result no more than two weeks after you have taken the test. We will not contact anyone else with your result unless you wish us to.
If you have any queries or would like more information on the National Chlamydia Screening Programme please call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123.
If you would like to speak to the local screening team, please phone 0300 303 1948 and chose option 4.